Affirmations have become very popular, probably more so since the hit movie The Secret and why not. Affirmations are positive statements said in the present tense to effect powerful changes in your life. Affirmations can be about changes you wish to see on a physical level; such as weight, how you wish to live your life; such as diet and exercise, or vacations, also financial prosperity; such as how much you wish to earn on an annual basis, or how many rental properties you want to own. Some people have affirmations of a spiritual nature, others are about motivation.
Over the years I have seen some people who have begun to use affirmations make huge changes in their lives. With others I have seen them give up on their dreams as repeatedly their affirmations haven’t come to fruition. So why would affirmations work for some and not others?
Gary Craig and Donna Eden explain how this can be so in the book ‘The Promise of Energy Psychology;’ they refer to them as tail enders. What they are referring to are affirmations that are stated and are then followed by that little voice inside of you that denies that the affirmations could ever come true. An example of this is a lady called Susan who has an affirmation that says “I happily weigh 60 kg”. This is quickly followed by her inner voice saying “Don’t be ridiculous Susan you’ll never lose that much weight, after all, your mother is fat and so are your sisters”. In other words the belief that Susan is holding in her subconscious is that she will always remain fat because its hereditary.
If you are not having success with some of your affirmations explore the possibilities of what your subconscious belief around it could be. Say out loud the affirmation and then listen to anything your inner voice says afterwards. That will be your clue. Tap the old belief away and then step back and wait for the results!
Affirmations can be very powerful…just remove the tail enders first.
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